Copyright and Fair Dealing

Quick Guide for Copying

Use Policy or Practice Guideline

Class Handouts & Readings 
(digital or print)

MSVU Fair Dealing Policy


 A single copy of a short excerpt per student

Projections & PowerPoint Copyright Act
 Section 29.4(1)
You may reproduce a work in order to display it.  
  • Must be for the purpose of education or training.
  • Must be displayed on the premises of an educational institution (on-campus classroom or MSVU Moodle course site)
  • Any text or images must be properly cited!

Websites & Links

Crookes v. Newton, 2011 SCC 47, [2011] 3 S.C.R. 269

You do not need permission to link! “Linking & hyperlinking should never be seen as publication of the content to which they refer”.

Practice ethical linking. Please do not link to illegal or infringing copies of copyrighted works.

Music, Video/Film
(shown in the classroom)

Copyright Act
Section 29.5(b) & (d)

You may conduct a performance of a sound recording, a performer’s performance in a sound recording, or a cinematographic work.

  • Must be for the purpose of education or training.
  • Must be performed on the premises of an educational institution.
  • Must be performed to an audience consisting of students.
  • The sound recording or cinematographic work cannot be an illegal or infringing copy!

Music, Video/Film,
(digital copy posted to Moodle)

MSVU Fair Dealing Policy

Short excerpts.

For larger amounts, please consider linking to a legal copy in streaming format.

Images, Charts, Figures, etc.

MSVU Fair Dealing Policy

An entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart, and plan) from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works. Content must be properly cited!

Books & Ebooks

MSVU Fair Dealing Policy

Short excerpts.

For larger amounts, please consider linking to a legal copy in e-format, or placing the item on reserves.

Journals, Magazines, etc.

MSVU Fair Dealing Policy

A single article from a periodical per student

For larger amounts, please consider linking to a legal copy in e-format, or placing the item on reserves.


Copyright Act
Section 29.21
It is not an infringement of copyright for an individual to use existing works in the creation of a new work .
  • Must be solely for non-commercial purposes.
  • You must cite all sources used.
  • Do not use material acquired through a contract that prevents using the item in a mashup (e.g. iTunes, iStock Photo)
  • Do not break a digital lock to use the material (e.g. you can’t rip a DVD that has encoding that prevents copying)
  • The mashup cannot be substitute for, or does not have a substantial adverse effect, financial or otherwise, on existing works.



Library Contacts ~ for all your copyright and fair dealing related questions.

Tanja Harrison (University Librarian & Copyright Officer) -- Will answer all copyright questions you have in person, by phone at 457-6108, or e-mail
Denyse Rodrigues (E-Learning Librarian) -- Will assist with online learning requests including questions about copyright in Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate. Also serves as back-up to Copyright Officer, phone 457-6200 or e-mail
Edythe Davidson and Ainsley Cunningham (Library Technicians, Access Services & Reserves) -- Will receive and coordinate the processing of reserves material and help build reading lists in Moodle. Find the Reserves team at the Access Services desk ready to assist, phone 457-6250, or e-mail
Rodney Tucker (Coordinator of Resources & Acquisitions) -- Works closely with Reserves and will liaise with copyright owners whenever extra permissions/clearance is required. Phone 457-6410 or e-mail
Meagan Pottie (Information Services Specialist) -- Works to identify alternative sources if copyright clearance of an original source is not available and provides instruction to you and your students on how to obtain material through interlibrary loan. Phone 457-6435 or e-mail
Liaison Librarians and Library staff will also field your questions and refer you to the appropriate person if required.
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